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Welcome to Explore Plants. Our goal is to assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes throughout North America. The Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) is designed to inform a broad audience ranging from members of the general public such as homeowners, wildflower enthusiasts, and gardeners to practicing professionals such as botanists, land managers, and government personnel.

You can dig a little deeper into NPIN history with the links below or start your native plant journey with the Explore Plants menu to the right.

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About the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN)

Now, more than ever, there is a need to bridge the gap between people and the natural world, a need to foster understanding and appreciation of the plant world, and a need to provide local, regional, and national audiences with scientifically accurate resources about their native plant heritage. Since its inception in 1982, the Wildflower Center has fulfilled those needs beginning with a mail-order Clearinghouse and continuing with its modern-day equivalent, the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN) - the Wildflower Center's national web portal for native plant information and resources.

Become a Contributor

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is committed to developing a premier resource for native plant information in North America through continued growth of the Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). You can help us achieve our mission by contributing high-quality images and data to the Native Plant Information Network. Please contact Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Botanist, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to discuss how you can help this project grow.

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Native plant: Lespedeza capitata (Roundhead lespedeza, Roundhead bush-clover, Round-headed lespedeza, Round-headed bush-clover) The stems of round-head bush-clover stand 2-4 ft. tall and, along with the trifoliate leaves, are covered with fine hairs. Clover-like flowers are greenish-white and held in clusters along the upper part of the stem. Stems remain erect through the winter when the seedheads have turned dark brown. This is a perennial.
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Mr. Smarty Plants: What plants will attract birds in zone 6 (Northeast) in the spring and early summer?
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Supplier: Amandas Garden (Springwater, NY) Amanda’s Garden has the plants you need to create a native, sustainable earth-friendly garden full of eye-catching perennials. Whether you’re looking for pollinator-friendly plants or luscious colors, or want to make your landscape more sustainable, we have the perfect plants for you!Wildflower perennials bring unmatched beauty to your garden. Using Native plants is an ecologically sound practice. Amanda's Garden produces high quality plants from seeds, spores, divisions, and cuttings. All plants are nursery propagated. We will help you select the perfect plants for your needs.
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Organization: Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (Westboro, MA)
the program works to inventory, research, protect and manage the state's rare flora and fauna and natural ecosystems.
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Book: "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" (Putney: A.C. Hood and Company, Inc.) From Amazon.com Euell Gibbons was one of the few people in this country to devote a considerable part of his life to the adventure of "living off the land." His greatest pleasure was seeking out wild plants, which he made into delicious dishes. The plants he gathers and prepares in this book are widely available everywhere in North America. There are recipes for delicious vegetable and casserole dishes, breads, cakes, and twenty different pies. He also shows how to make numerous jellies, jams, teas, and wines, and how to sweeten them with wild honey or homemade maple syrup.
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